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Pet summer tips...

> Summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Everyone enjoys walking on the
> beach, swimming in the pool, and just spending more time outdoors.
> Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous time of year for pets. You
> can
> help dogs and cats have a great summer by remembering these simple
> tips:
>
> NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A CAR! Parking in the shade and leaving the
> windows open is not an option. In a hot car, your pet's temperature can
> rise rapidly. It only takes minutes to reach dangerous levels leading
> to
> heatstroke and even death.
>
> Always make sure your pet has cool, clean water available. Dogs, and
> even cats, drink more on hot days, and water warms up quickly.
>
> Some dogs do not like to swim. Do not force your dog into the water if
> he/she is frightened.
>
> If your dog likes to swim, do not leave him/her unattended. Bathe your
> dog afterwards to remove all sand, mud, and chlorine. Also be sure all
> pool chemicals are stored safely out of reach.
>
> DO NOT ALLOW YOUR DOG TO HANG OUT OF THE WINDOW OF A MOVING CAR.
> Objects
> such as rocks or tree limbs could seriously injure your pet, or he/she
> might fall or jump out.
>
> DO NOT ALLOW YOUR ANIMALS TO RIDE IN THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK. They
> could be thrown out, or they may jump out.
>
> Take your pets inside if there is the possibility of a thunderstorm.
> Loud thunder may frighten them, or lightening could strike them.
>
> Do not walk your dog near fireworks. Besides the obvious danger, the
> loud noise can be very scary.
>
> Check your pet daily for fleas and ticks. Talk to a veterinarian about
> preventing these insects from infesting your pet.
>
> Have your dog checked for heartworm, and administer a heartworm
> preventative.
>
> In these warm summer months it is best to be aware of the signs of heat
> stress by exposure to extreme temperatures. Check the animal for signs
> of heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness,
> excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination,
> profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and
> unconsciousness.
>
> If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps to gradually
> lower the body temperature immediately as soon as possible.
>
> Move the pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
>
> Apply ice packs or cold towels to the pet's head, neck, and chest or
> immerse her in cool (not cold) water.
>
> Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
>
> Take the pet directly to a veterinarian.
>
> Summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Everyone enjoys walking on the
> beach, swimming in the pool, and just spending more time outdoors.
> Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous time of year for pets. You
> can
> help dogs and cats have a great summer by remembering these simple
> tips:
>
> NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A CAR! Parking in the shade and leaving the
> windows open is not an option. In a hot car, your pet's temperature can
> rise rapidly. It only takes minutes to reach dangerous levels leading
> to
> heatstroke and even death.
>
> Always make sure your pet has cool, clean water available. Dogs, and
> even cats, drink more on hot days, and water warms up quickly.
>
> Some dogs do not like to swim. Do not force your dog into the water if
> he/she is frightened.
>
> If your dog likes to swim, do not leave him/her unattended. Bathe your
> dog afterwards to remove all sand, mud, and chlorine. Also be sure all
> pool chemicals are stored safely out of reach.
>
> DO NOT ALLOW YOUR DOG TO HANG OUT OF THE WINDOW OF A MOVING CAR.
> Objects
> such as rocks or tree limbs could seriously injure your pet, or he/she
> might fall or jump out.
>
> DO NOT ALLOW YOUR ANIMALS TO RIDE IN THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK. They
> could be thrown out, or they may jump out.
>
> Take your pets inside if there is the possibility of a thunderstorm.
> Loud thunder may frighten them, or lightening could strike them.
>
> Do not walk your dog near fireworks. Besides the obvious danger, the
> loud noise can be very scary.
>
> Check your pet daily for fleas and ticks. Talk to a veterinarian about
> preventing these insects from infesting your pet.
>
> Have your dog checked for heartworm, and administer a heartworm
> preventative.
>
> In these warm summer months it is best to be aware of the signs of heat
> stress by exposure to extreme temperatures. Check the animal for signs
> of heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness,
> excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination,
> profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and
> unconsciousness.
>
> If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps to gradually
> lower the body temperature immediately as soon as possible.
>
> Move the pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
>
> Apply ice packs or cold towels to the pet's head, neck, and chest or
> immerse her in cool (not cold) water.
>
> Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
>
> Take the pet directly to a veterinarian.
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cheers for the advice
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